A VC-in-a-Box crowned Dataholics.io at the 6th AI Startup Battle in São Paulo

The 6th Artificial Intelligence Startup Battle came to an end yesterday in São Paulo in fully automated fashion. The jury of this unique battle, PreSeries’ algorithms, has predicted with a score of 96.50 out of 100 that Dataholics is the startup most likely to succeed from among other contenders. Dataholics captures and structures millions of data points about people on social networks such as Facebook, Linkedin, Google, Twitter, Google search results, blogs, web portals and online services. Their algorithm creates a unified profile for each person based on behavioral, professional and demographic indicators from their email, cell phone, name or ID.

From left to right: Renato Valente – Country Manager – Telefonica Open Future_ & Wayra Brasil; João Gabriel Souza – Co-Founder & CEO – Mr. Descartes; Eduardo D. Martucci – Founder and CEO – Voice Commerce; Daniel Mendes – Founder and CEO – Dataholics; Dhiogo Corrêa – Data Architect – Itera; Rafael Libardi – Public Relations Executive – Data H.

In the battle, all five startups have had the chance to introduce their company during a 5­-minute pitch. Later on, PreSeries’ AI took the time to ask some questions to all the contenders about key aspects of their business. The exchange was made possible through a voice-assistant device present on stage (thus the name ‘VC-in-a-box’).

Itera, came in 2nd with a score of 86.81. Itera is a technology company founded in 2008 and established in São Carlos/SP, always aiming to build innovative solutions for its clients. They are now investing in a machine learning platform for text mining named ALICE. The platform is currently focusing on finance, and marketing case studies.

Mr. Descartes got the 3rd position with a score of 62.13. This company provides a chatbot to help cities improve their waste management and sustainability. They work in collaboration with local governments, businesses, and people from the community in order to generate data, educate the public and build lasting partnerships.

Voice Commerce was the 4th startup in the ranking with a score of 62.12. Voice Commerce is a voicebot that provides anyone with a simple, objective and secure online purchase experience through voice commands. It creates the perfect solution for people with visual impairment when buying goods and services online.

Finally, Data H achieved the 5th position with a score of 62.10. DATA H is a startup focused on creating intelligent products and artificial intelligence outsourcing of research and development. DATA H has created its own ecosystem to enable artificial intelligence projects for a diverse set of sectors.

After the event, BigML CEO & Co-founder and President of PreSeries,Francisco J. Martin, shared his thoughts: “Having organized our 6th AI Startup Battle in only the last year and a half across the globe, it is amazing to us that humans are surprisingly open and adaptable in trusting PreSeries algorithms to assess the future prospects of startups. What started as a crazy idea has come to be seen as an obvious need. This can be attributed to the investment professionals being overwhelmed with mountains of new data created every day, which in turn highlights the acute need for objective assistance and automation.”

This edition of the battle took place on June 21 in São Paulo, Brazil, at the PAPIs Connect conference, Latin America’s 1st conference on real-world Machine Learning applications.

Our next AI Startup Battle will be in Boston (Microsoft N.E.R.D. – MIT) for PAPIs ’17 (Oct. 24-25), stay tuned on Twitter with #AIStartupBattle and @PreSeries.

Spotlight Feature: Investor Rankings

Whether it’s keeping tabs on peer’s syndicates, strategies, portfolios, or raising fresh funds from investors; both investors and entrepreneurs need a simple yet powerful way to filter data about investing entities. If you’re an investor think of our Top Investors section as your go-to-feature to quantitatively compare yourself to the competition and quickly establish meaningful benchmarks.

If you’re an entrepreneur lucky enough to see some traction, you might be considering raising funds to support your growth. From seed to late stage, the time you need to allocate to look for funds will never stop to increase. The life of a startup is very demanding and time spent researching investors means less time spent on your product. We believe you should spend time talking to investors instead of searching for them in an ad-hoc manner, so we built the PreSeries Top Investor section with that in mind. It basically allows you to filter investors using your own criteria to help you focus on the ones most likely to invest in your startup.

PreSeries currently lists over 40k+ investors ranging from seed-focused VCs to corporate investors leaning towards late stage deals. In order to easily search among all the profiles in our database, we invite you to use the filter options available at the top. You can filter investors by name, by location (country and city), by development stage (concept, seed, product development, market development, and steady), by industry area (700+ to choose from), and investment period.

The default view of the Top Investors section offers quick insights on the investing entities ranked by total amount invested (just click on a column to change the ranking criteria). For every investor, you are able to see what some of the drivers behind their investment decisions are. We show the preferred country and city of investment along with the number of deals for each. You also have access to information about the preferred investment stage (i.e, concept, seed, product development, market development, or steady), and the main investment area including the corresponding number of deals. On the right hand side are the total number of companies, deals and amount invested by each entity. The last column shows the overall PreSeries score of each investor (from 0 to 100). This score represents the general performance of the investor, meaning if the Return On Investment over their entire portfolio was significant enough.

By choosing the histogram view, you can easily see the distribution of investments with the green bar representing the preferred country, city, stage, and area. Hovering your cursor over bars on the bar charts will give you additional information, as seen on the image above. To facilitate comparison among the investors listed on the page you can switch between relative or absolute values, and use the same or a different scale.

That’s it for Investor Search & Rankings. Make sure to check our other Spotlight Feature blogposts for a complete lowdown!

Spotlight Feature: Company Trends

When on the lookout for new investment opportunities, being able to identify trends is the first step on the road to uncover the next most promising industries and startups. With a growing number of early-stage companies keeping traditional markets saturated, we see competition intensifying and under-the-radar industry areas getting more attention than ever. Keeping tabs on numbers of investments, amounts invested, numbers of exits, and other relevant metrics from the startup world, is the foundation for a successful data-driven investment practice that knows when to deviate from the beaten path. The PreSeries Company Trends section is the perfect feature to future proof your investment strategy by understanding where to direct your attention to stay ahead of the pack.

Of course, not every trend matters to everyone. As a professional investor, you most likely follow an investment thesis, a strategy that helps you determine which companies to invest in. In PreSeries, the Company Trends feature aims to help you find trends that match your investment philosophy. As seen above, you can find trends for companies matching your desired criteria such as: status (Running, Acquired, Acqui-hired, IPO, Zombie, and Closed), location (Country and City), industry area (more than 700 to choose from), and date of foundation.

After applying the filters, you can choose to generate visualizations from 11 different trends charts. The Founded Companies chart represents the evolution of the number of companies founded over time. The Closed Companies chart does the same but for closed companies. The IPO and Acquired Companies charts depict the number of companies with successful exits over time.

You can also generate charts for relative values such as Time to IPO, Time to be AcquiredTime to Close and Time to be Funded. These charts are good indicators on how quickly companies reach any of these states. The sample chart above answers the question “How much time usually elapses between the founding of the companies and the IPO of the companies?”. Last but not least, for any given graph, you can download the visualization as a PNG file and the results in CSV format.

That’s it for Company Trends. Make sure to check our related post on the Spotlight Feature!

PreSeries goes to the Test Lab at WIRED2016 in London

Innovative technology, leading edge startups and brilliant entrepreneurship were at display at London’s Tobacco Dock for the 2016 edition of Wired conference this week, on November 3 and 4. The inspiring venue and a great line up of speakers in this two-day event made for a truly special gathering along with the Test Lab, which was organized by Telefónica. PreSeries has been invited to participate, and made the best of it by interactively demoing its capabilities thanks to our Alexa integration. Nothing better to capture the moment than a few pictures!

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In addition to the PreSeries booth, Telefónica presented an impressive array of seven more companies from its portfolio:

  • Saffe, a mobile payment app that leverages world-class facial recognition technology
  • Knomo, a company that creates fashionable accessories to get life organized
  • Pzizz, an app that helps people beat insomnia and get great sleep
  • Cru Kafe, a company that offers one of the best ethical and organic coffee labels in the world
  • Voicemod, a platform that lets you add real time audio modification to your app with a simple and free SDK
  • 52 MasterWorks, the first crowdfunding company investing in art
  • Pulsar, an audience intelligence platform that provides insights on customer behaviour from social media data

Over 700 people visited the Test Lab, which was even further expanded the evening of the first exhibition day, when 13 additional companies joined the event.

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The Test Lab and WIRED2016 event will close its doors today (Friday, November 4, at 06:45 PM GMT). We sincerely thank the Wired community and Telefónica for this great opportunity to showcase the value of PreSeries to fellow early stage startups and investors that are thirsty for quantifiable and objective feedback about their growth potential.

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